How to Handle Difficult Interview Situations
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Author:  admin [ Thu May 20, 2010 10:47 pm ]
Post subject:  How to Handle Difficult Interview Situations

Have you ever been fired or laid off?
This is an especially tough question. If you've been laid off, it's possible to explain reasons such as a downturn in the economy or corporate restructuring. If you've been fired, be honest. A potential employer will check your references and they'll probably find out. However, don't provide them with the details, either. Again, be brief and don't badmouth a former employer.

Gaps in employment history.
Be prepared to explain any gaps in your employment history. While the gaps may be undeniable, it doesn't mean you lack necessary qualifications. Try to put the gap in a positive light. For example, explain that your leave from work provided the time to make some decisions about your life and career. Highlight any skills gained or used during that absence. Now is the time to talk about your return to school or volunteer work. If you continued your involvement with professional organizations, be sure to mention it.

No employment history.
Many women who have chosen to stay at home with children may never have held a professional position and therefore lack employment history. Later in life, many find they need a job and are frustrated by the job search. Market the skills you have, focusing on your career-related accomplishments. In an interview, look and act professionally.

Personal questions.
Under federal and state laws, it's illegal to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, and age. In twelve states, it's illegal to discriminate against sexual orientation. twenty-four states prohibit discrimination on the basis of marital status. Therefore, any questions regarding these topics are inappropriate, illegal, and have nothing to do with whether or not you can perform essential functions of a job.

Sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is illegal, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. If you feel an interviewer is being improper, end the interview as quickly as possible and don't consider them as a potential employer. If you were hired, chances are the situation wouldn't improve. Consider reporting the incident to the company's senior management

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